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First glimpse at Automobile Hotel

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(This hotel will be the first one for downtown, if not the city, that has structured parking located between the ground floor lobby and the upper room floors. Notice the confusion between Automobile Alley and Midtown boundaries is shown in this slide).

With construction starting on the seven-story headquarters for Heartland along Broadway between NW 5 and NW 6, we now have our first glimpse of the potential design for an eight-story Towneplace Suites planned just east of the office building along NW 6.

Sirius Hotels LLC paid $1.24 million to two entities led by developer Jonathan Russell for the vacant land at 12 NW 6 back in March. I have calls out to the hotel developer, and the rendering, posted on their website, was discovered by downtown resident, worker and dare I say streets and sidewalks activist Cody Lusina.

Here is what a mix of what I reported at the time of the sale and what we've learned since:

A representative of the buyer who asked not be identified said Monday that plans call for building an eight-story TownePlace Suites by Marriott with between 130 and 160 rooms. TownePlace is an extended-stay hotel with more than 300 locations nationwide. Construction is expected to start in early 2019.

The hoteliers were attracted to the site for its location along the future streetcar system, proximity to the hospitals and office park east of Interstate 235, downtown and St. Anthony Hospital. They also believe the hotel is a good fit with the area's “local flair” that includes restaurants, shops and headquarters for several creative firms.

The development coincides with a flurry of development along NW 6. A seven-story Heartland headquarters is being developed by brothers Andy and David Burnett.

The former switching station and warehouse for Pioneer Telephone at 7 NE 6 and 11 NE 6, built in 1909 and 1911, are being redeveloped by Tribune Capital into a mix of commercial and office space. 

Basil Rayan, meanwhile, is redeveloping a garage and warehouse at 19 and 23 NE 6, immediately east of Tribune's Central Exchange. His plans include a restaurant and a rooftop venue.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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